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The Yukon Trail - Chapter 32. Diane Changes Her Mind The Yukon Trail - Chapter 32. Diane Changes Her Mind

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 32. Diane Changes Her Mind
CHAPTER XXXII. DIANE CHANGES HER MINDThe news of Sheba's safety had been telephoned to Diane from the roadhouse, so that all the family from Peter down were on the porch to welcome her with mingled tears and kisses. Since Gordon had to push on to the hospital to have Holt taken care of, it was Macdonald who brought the girl home. The mine-owner declined rather brusquely an invitation to stay to dinner on the plea that he had business at the office which would not wait. Impulsively Sheba held out both her hands to him. "Believe me, I am thanking you... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2712

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 31. Sheba Digs The Yukon Trail - Chapter 31. Sheba Digs

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 31. Sheba Digs
CHAPTER XXXI. SHEBA DIGSThe weather had moderated a good deal, but the trail was a protected forest one. The two teams now going down had come up, so that the path was packed fairly hard and smooth. Holt lay propped on his own sled against the sleeping-bags. Sheba mushed behind Gordon. She chatted with them both, but ignored entirely the existence of Macdonald, who followed with his prize-winning Siberian dogs. Though she tried not to let her lover know it, Sheba was troubled at heart. Gordon was practically the prisoner of a man who hated him bitterly, who believed him guilty... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 3641

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 28. A Message From The Dead The Yukon Trail - Chapter 28. A Message From The Dead

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 28. A Message From The Dead
CHAPTER XXVIII. A MESSAGE FROM THE DEADMacdonald drove his team into the teeth of the storm. The wind came in gusts. Sometimes the gale was so stiff that the dogs could scarcely crawl forward against it; again there were moments of comparative stillness, followed by squalls that slapped the driver in the face like the whipping of a loose sail on a catboat. High drifts made the trail difficult. Not once but fifty times Macdonald left the gee-pole to break a way through snow-waves for the sled. The best he could get out of his dogs was three miles an hour,... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 556

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 27. Two On The Trail The Yukon Trail - Chapter 27. Two On The Trail

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 27. Two On The Trail
CHAPTER XXVII. TWO ON THE TRAILA stress of emotion had swept her into his arms. Now she drew away from him shyly. The conventions in which she had been brought up asserted themselves. Sheba remembered that they had been carried by the high wave of their emotion past all the usual preliminaries. He had not even told her that he loved her. An absurd little fear obtruded itself into her happiness. Had she rushed into his arms like a lovesick girl, taking it for granted that he cared for her? "You--came to look for us?" she asked, with the little shy... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 1128

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 26. Hard Mushing The Yukon Trail - Chapter 26. Hard Mushing

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 26. Hard Mushing
CHAPTER XXVI. HARD MUSHINGElliot and Holt left Kusiak in a spume of whirling, blinding snow. They traveled light, not more than forty pounds to the dog, for they wanted to make speed. It was not cold for Alaska. They packed their fur coats on the sled and wore waterproof parkas. On their hands were mittens of moosehide with duffel lining, on their feet mukluks above "German" socks. Holt had been a sour-dough miner too long to let his partner perspire from overmuch clothing. He knew the danger of pneumonia from a sudden cooling of the heat of the body. Old Gideon... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2407

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 25. In The Blizzard The Yukon Trail - Chapter 25. In The Blizzard

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 25. In The Blizzard
CHAPTER XXV. IN THE BLIZZARD"Swiftwater" Pete, the driver of the stage between Kusiak and Katma, did not like the look of the sky as his ponies breasted the long uphill climb that ended at the pass. It was his habit to grumble. He had been complaining ever since they had started. But as he studied the heavy billows of cloud banked above the peaks and in the saddle between, there was real anxiety in his red, apoplectic face. "Gittin' her back up for a blizzard, looks like. Doggone it, if that wouldn't jest be my luck," he murmured fretfully. Sheba hoped... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2947

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 24. Macdonald Follows A Clue The Yukon Trail - Chapter 24. Macdonald Follows A Clue

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 24. Macdonald Follows A Clue
CHAPTER XXIV. MACDONALD FOLLOWS A CLUEMacdonald was no sluggard. It was his habit not to let the pleasure of the night before interfere with the business of the morning after. But in the darkness he overslept and let the town waken before him. He was roused by the sound of knocking on his door. "Who is it?" he asked. "It's me--Jones--Gopher Jones. Say, Mac, the bank ain't open and we can't rouse Milton. Thought I'd come to you, seeing as you're president of the shebang." The mine-owner got up and began to dress. "Probably overslept, same as I did." "That's the... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 3136

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 23. In The Dead Of Night The Yukon Trail - Chapter 23. In The Dead Of Night

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 23. In The Dead Of Night
CHAPTER XXIII. IN THE DEAD OF NIGHTWhile Kusiak slept that night the wind shifted. It came roaring across the range and drove before it great scudding clouds heavily laden with sleety snow. The howling storm snuffed out the moonlight as if it had been a tallow dip and fought and screamed around the peaks, whirling down the gulches with the fury of a blizzard. From dark till dawn the roar of the wind filled the night. Before morning heavy drifts had wiped out the roads and sheeted the town in virgin white unbroken by trails or furrows. With the coming of... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 3301

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 22. Gid Holt Comes To Kusiak The Yukon Trail - Chapter 22. Gid Holt Comes To Kusiak

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 22. Gid Holt Comes To Kusiak
CHAPTER XXII. GID HOLT COMES TO KUSIAKThe days grew short. In sporting circles the talk was no longer of the midnight Fourth of July baseball game, but of preparation for the Alaska Sweepstakes, since the shadow of the cold Arctic winter had crept down to the Yukon and touched its waters to stillness. Men, gathered around warm stoves, spoke of the merits of huskies and Siberian wolf-hounds, of the heavy fall of snow in the hills, of the overhauling of outfits and the transportation of supplies to distant camps. The last river boat before the freeze-up had long since gone. A... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2091

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 21. A New Way Of Leaving A House The Yukon Trail - Chapter 21. A New Way Of Leaving A House

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 21. A New Way Of Leaving A House
CHAPTER XXI. A NEW WAY OF LEAVING A HOUSEThe surge of disgust with which Sheba had broken her engagement to marry Macdonald ebbed away as the weeks passed. It was impossible for her to wait upon him in his illness and hold any repugnance toward this big, elemental man. The thing he had done might be wrong, but the very openness and frankness of his relation to Meteetse redeemed it from shame. He was neither a profligate nor a squawman. This was Diane's point of view, and in time it became to a certain extent that of Sheba. One takes on... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2181

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 18. Gordon Spends A Busy Evening The Yukon Trail - Chapter 18. Gordon Spends A Busy Evening

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 18. Gordon Spends A Busy Evening
CHAPTER XVIII. GORDON SPENDS A BUSY EVENINGPaget smoked placidly, but the heart within him was troubled. It looked as if Selfridge had made up his mind to frame Gordon for a prison sentence. The worst of it was that he need not invent any evidence or take any chances. If Macdonald came through on the stand with an identification of Elliot as one of his assailants, the young man would go down the river to serve time. There was enough corroborative testimony to convict St. Peter himself. It all rested with Macdonald--and the big Scotch-Canadian was a very uncertain quantity. His... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 1384

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 17. 'God Save You Kindly' The Yukon Trail - Chapter 17. "God Save You Kindly"

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 17. 'God Save You Kindly'
CHAPTER XVII. "GOD SAVE YOU KINDLY"A nurse from the hospital had relieved Diane and Sheba at daybreak. They slept until the middle of the afternoon, then under orders from the doctor walked out to take the air. They were to divide the night watch between them and he said that he wanted them fit for service. The fever of the patient was subsiding. He slept a good deal, and in the intervals between had been once or twice quite rational. The thoughts of the cousins drew their steps toward the jail. Sheba looked at Diane. "Will they let us see him,... Long Stories - Post by : Jeff_Carter - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 1385

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 16. Ambushed The Yukon Trail - Chapter 16. Ambushed

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 16. Ambushed
CHAPTER XVI. AMBUSHEDColby Macdonald, in miner's boots and corduroy working suit, stood beside his horse with one arm thrown carelessly across its rump. He was about to start for Seven-Mile Creek Camp with twenty-seven hundred dollars in the saddlebags to pay the men there. Diane was talking with him. "She's young and fine and spirited. Of course it was a great shock to her. She had been idealizing you. But I think she is beginning to understand things better. At any rate, she does not hate you any more. Give the girl time." "You think she will--be reasonable?" Mrs. Paget finished... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2528

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 15. Gordon Buys A Revolver The Yukon Trail - Chapter 15. Gordon Buys A Revolver

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 15. Gordon Buys A Revolver
CHAPTER XV. GORDON BUYS A REVOLVERSelfridge was not eager to meet his chief, but he knew he must report at once. He stopped at his house only long enough to get into fresh clothes and from there walked down to the office. Over the Paget telephone he had got into touch with Macdonald who told him to wait at headquarters until he came. It had been the intention of Macdonald to go direct from Sheba to his office, but the explosion brought about by Meteetse had sent him out into the hills for a long tramp. He was in a stress... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 3355

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 14. Genevieve Mallory Takes A Hand The Yukon Trail - Chapter 14. Genevieve Mallory Takes A Hand

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 14. Genevieve Mallory Takes A Hand
CHAPTER XIV. GENEVIEVE MALLORY TAKES A HANDInside of an hour the news of the engagement of Macdonald was all over Kusiak. It was through a telephone receiver that the gossip was buzzed to Mrs. Mallory by a friend who owed her a little stab. The voice of Genevieve Mallory registered faint amusement, but as soon as she had hung up, her face fell into haggard lines. She had staked a year of her waning youth on winning the big mining man of Kusiak, together with all the money that she had been able to scrape up for a campaign outfit. Moreover,... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 680

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 13. Diane And Gordon Differ The Yukon Trail - Chapter 13. Diane And Gordon Differ

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 13. Diane And Gordon Differ
CHAPTER XIII. DIANE AND GORDON DIFFERDuring the absence of Macdonald the field agent saw less of Sheba than he had expected, and when he did see her she had an abstracted manner he did not quite understand. She kept to her own room a good deal, except when she took long walks into the hills back of the town. Diane had a shrewd idea that the Alaskan had put his fortune to the test, and she not only let her cousin alone herself, but fended Gordon from her adroitly. The third day after the dinner Elliot dropped around to the Pagets... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 1787

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 12. Sheba Says 'Perhaps' The Yukon Trail - Chapter 12. Sheba Says "Perhaps"

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 12. Sheba Says 'Perhaps'
CHAPTER XII. SHEBA SAYS "PERHAPS"Obeying the orders of the general in command, Peter took himself to his den with the excuse that he had blue-prints to work over. Presently Diane said she thought she heard one of the children crying and left to investigate. The Scotchman strode to the fireplace and stood looking down into the glowing coals. He seemed in no hurry to break the silence and Sheba glanced at his strong, brooding face a little apprehensively. Her excitement showed in the color that was beating into her cheeks. She knew of only one subject that would call for so... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2461

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 11. Gordon Invites Himself To Dinner--And Does Not Enjoy It The Yukon Trail - Chapter 11. Gordon Invites Himself To Dinner--And Does Not Enjoy It

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 11. Gordon Invites Himself To Dinner--And Does Not Enjoy It
CHAPTER XI. GORDON INVITES HIMSELF TO DINNER--AND DOES NOT ENJOY ITBig Bill and his companions reached Kamatlah early next day. They reported at once to Selfridge. It had been the intention of Wally to vent upon them the bad temper that had been gathering ever since his talk with Elliot. But his first sarcastic question drew such a snarl of anger that he reconsidered. The men were both sullen and furious. They let him know roundly that if Holt made them any trouble through the courts, they would tell all they knew. The little man became alarmed. Instead of reproaches he... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 2892

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 8. The End Of The Passage The Yukon Trail - Chapter 8. The End Of The Passage

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 8. The End Of The Passage
CHAPTER VIII. THE END OF THE PASSAGEWally Selfridge was a reliable business subordinate, even though he had slipped up in the matter of the appointment of Elliot. But when it came to facing the physical hardships of the North he was a malingerer. The Kamatlah trip had to be taken because his chief had ordered it, but the little man shirked the journey in his heart just as he knew his soft muscles would shrink from the aches of the trail. His idea of work was a set of tennis on the outdoor wooden court of the Kusiak clubhouse, and even... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 1131

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 7. Wally Gets Orders The Yukon Trail - Chapter 7. Wally Gets Orders

The Yukon Trail - Chapter 7. Wally Gets Orders
CHAPTER VII. WALLY GETS ORDERSMacdonald, from his desk, looked up at the man in the doorway. Selfridge had come in jauntily, a cigar in his mouth, but at sight of the grim face of his chief the grin fled. "Come in and shut the door," ordered the Scotchman. "I sent for you to congratulate you, Wally. You did fine work outside. You told me, didn't you, that it was all settled at last--that our claims are clear-listed for patent?" The tubby little man felt the edge of irony in the quiet voice. "Sure. That's what Winton told me," he assented nervously.... Long Stories - Post by : REMbraNT - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Macleod Raine - Read : 3311